Brandon Roy Now Out Indefinitely


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Alas, for Portland Trail Blazers fans, Greg Oden may have company on the out-for-the-rest-of-the-year shelf. The Blazers announced today that Brandon Roy is out indefinitely with sore knees. The 26-year-old Roy had been a fan favorite up until this injury-riddled season and the face of a franchise that seemed not so long ago to be resurgent. But even before today's news, all of that had already ...   More
 
Thursday, December 30, 2010 HANK STERN

Kulongoski: How the Neil Goldschmidt Scandal Shattered his Higher Ed Goals


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One of Ted Kulongoski's campaign pledges when he ran for governor in 2002 was to reform higher education in Oregon. After Kulongoski took office in 2003, he nominated former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt-a friend,mentor and fellow Democrat-to chair the State Board of Higher Ed and lead the reform effort. Within six months, Goldschmidt resigned from the position in the wake of revelations by Willamette ...   More
 
Sunday, January 2, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Kulongoski: I Lost My Mentor When Goldschmidt Toppled


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In this clip from our interview with Ted Kulongoski, the departing governor candidly explains what the loss of Neil Goldschmidt from the corridors of power meant to him personally. Goldschmidt retired from the public sphere when WW published in 2004 revelations about his sex abuse of a young girl. The interview will appear in Wednesday's print edition of WW. Here are links to three earlier ...   More
 
Monday, January 3, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Kulongoski: Yes, Public Employee Unions Have Too Much Power, But Don't Blame Them!


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In this fascinating clip, a piece of the interview we did with Ted Kulongoski, the soon-to-be-departing governor talks about public employees unions' outsized power and the business community's reaction to that state of affairs. The Democratic governor offers a bit of history on how the unions tried to knock him out of the race when he ran for Attorney General in 1992 and how they attempted to ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Kulongoski: The Goldschmidt Scandal Almost Made Me Not Run for Reelection


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In this clip from our interview with departing Governor Ted Kulongoski,(A fuller version of the interview appears in this week's print version of the paper), he discusses his ambivalence about running for reelection in 2006 because of the loss of Neil Goldschmidt as an advisor. Goldschmidt retreated from public service after the former governor and Portland mayor was found to have abused a girl ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Non-Wonk Edition: Three Tidbits to Know As Congress Opens Today


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The 112th Congress opens today with Republicans now controlling the House and a diminished Democratic majority running the Senate. If you're not a wonk and don't pay much attention to politics, here are at least three quick Oregon- and Washington-centric things to know: 1) Efforts by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and other Democrats to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn't get tied up ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 HANK STERN

Kulongoski on Oregon: Not So Special?


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In this clip from our interview with Gov. Ted Kulongoski, (a fuller version appears in this week's print version of WW) the ex-Marine and soon-to-be ex-governor discusses the Oregon economy and why our lack of a defense industry has come at a cost. Here are links to earlier video excerpts—one where the governor talks about prisons, another where he discusses Iraq, a third where he ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Kulongoski on John Kitzhaber


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski has had a strained relationship over the past few years with John Kitzhaber, the fellow Democrat who preceded him as governor and will succeed him on Jan. 10, although the two, who were close during Kitzhaber's two previous gubernatorial terms from 1995 to 2003 have now resolved their differences. Many years ago, Kulongoski commented on how the difference between him and ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

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